Yellowknife

Yellowknife, NT
Yellowknife, NorthWest Territories on a map

Population: 19,569 (2016)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (September-October 2017)
Minimum Wage: $12.50/hr (as of June 1, 2015)
Total Number of Shelters: 4 (2016)
Total Number of Beds: 100 (2016)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS
Number of people estimated to be:

  • homeless: 139 (2015)
  • unsheltered: 27 (2015)
  • living in facilities (incl. emergency beds): 936 (2008)
  • emergency shelter: 24 (2015)
  • living in housing with supports: 19 (2015)
  • Couchsurfing: 46
  • Percentage of those surveyed in homeless count experiencing chronic homelessness: 78% (2015)
  • Percentage of those surveyed in homeless count experiencing transitional homelessness: 17.9% (2015)
  • Percentage of those surveyed in homeless count experiencing episodic homelessness: 4.1% (2015)
  • Number of cases of income assistance: 803 (June 2017)
  • Average monthly number of income assistance cases: 679 (2016)
  • Total amount disbursed as income assistance: $8,619,000 (2016)
  • Proportion of population receiving income assistance: 2.6% (2014)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Number of cases of income assistance: 803 (June 2017)
  • Average monthly number of income assistance cases: 679 (2016)
  • Total amount disbursed as income assistance: $8,619,000 (2016)
  • Proportion of population receiving income assistance: 2.6% (2014)
  • Number of public housing units under Yellowknife Housing Authority (approx. 60% of total units): 312 (2011)

 HOUSING

  • Number of public housing units under Yellowknife Housing Authority (approx. 60% of total units): 312 (2011)
  • Number of Independent Living Support units (clients with a mental health diagnosis): 18 (2011)
  • Number of clients in Supported Independent Living homes (group living for clients with a mental health diagnosis): 8 (2011)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 3.4% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 5.0% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $1,159/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $1,401/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $1,636/mo. (2016)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 1,243(2014)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 17.9% (2014)

 INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 17.7% (2011)
  • Percentage of individuals surveyed in homeless count identifying as Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit: 91% (2015)